Thanks to everyone who came out to race, cheer, eat donuts and tacos, and enjoy themselves at Montrose Beach. And thanks to Half Acre Cycling and Chicago United for hosting the event! What a way to end the series in the city, on the beach, in the rain, sand, and mud. Montrose once again proved itself worthy of being the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships. Links to all results are here.
For all the series overall winners, please check your inbox as we’ve sent you an email.
And while CX may be over after this coming weekend in the United States, there’s still plenty of European cyclocross between now and the beginning of February when CX World Championships will be held in Tabor, Czech Republic.
Speaking of 2024… please join us at the end of season awards party on Saturday January 6th 2024 at Specialized Chicago‘s Fulton Market location. Will have swag and once again more product raffles than you can shake a mud-filled drive-train at.
Since this is both the Illinois State Championship AND CCC series finale, podiums are a little complicated. Please help the best announcer a race series could ask for — if you are top three in the race or the series overall, report to the podium ASAP following your race. See here for how state champs will be awarded.
The weather looks to be … not terrible? But as always, the wind coming off the lake can be strong; please make sure to secure your tents.
Here’s your friendly reminder that Montrose Beach is a large city park where people who have no idea what us weirdos are doing WILL be wandering through on their usual Sunday strolls (the lakefront path cuts through the course). Yes, we’ll be celebrating the local finale of cyclocross with drinks** and food and more dranks**, but please be on your best behavior and show the city what a classy bunch we are, and always race with your head up.
** And now let us pause for the annual message from the fun police … this is Chicago Park District property and alcohol is not permitted.
Big thanks to our generous sponsors for helping make the 46 WardAld. Angela Clay Illinois State CX Championship presented by SRAM & Specialized Chicago possible:
Speaking of Specialized Chicago, pre-reg riders can head to the Fulton Street location on Saturday, December 2 from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. to get your bib number early. Pin your number from the comfort of your own home! While there, you can pick-up the limited edition poster you already ordered on BikeReg when you registered early. If you didn’t, there might still be some available for purchase.
Speaking of numbers, it goes on your left side and you’ll use the same number for as many races as you do all day!
Spoke & Bird Cafe is sponsoring a special designated HAND-UP ZONE on the course, as an alternative line to the wood planks. Skip the bunny hops and see what yummy treats are on offer. And if you have hand-ups to give out, bring ‘em here and make it a party!
Thanks to Ellie Thompson + Co. the women’s categories will also be racing a sweet custom belt buckle!
Simonds Drive is closed to thru-traffic and parking within the barricades is restricted to officials, food trucks, sponsors, porta-potties and the like. Regular parking is along Simonds Drive and Montrose Drive either to the north or south, entering and exiting the way you came in. Per the Chicago Park District, NO DRIVING ON THE GRASS OR PAVED PATHS, ANYWHERE! We cannot emphasize this point enough and yet still had vehicles break this rule. Please adhere to marshals regarding your vehicle parking and movements.
Speaking of parking, if you are a big team with a lot of everything (or just want to ensure you are close to the action) a few parking spots within the barricades are available with a donation on BikeReg to help defray the overall event costs. Entry for this is from the NORTH END of Simonds drive — check in with the nice volunteers and show your receipt. (If you have a trailer please count that as a second space).
On Sunday, teams may drop off tents/equipment at the turn-around on the south-end of Simonds Drive near the staging grid. The driver must remain with the vehicle to expedite unloading and keep traffic flowing, just like at the airport. It’s usually a high-volume operation with everyone coming at the same time, so help your teammates.
Speaking of team tent placement, please see the map with areas designated for tent placement. We have reasons for this, some of which are specific Park District requests. Please help us in keeping this venue and stay within designated team tent areas.
All are welcome, nay encouraged, to drop/place tents and other large items on Saturdayafternoon! There is hired security for overnight watch (though of course HAC, CU, USAC, CPD, et al. cannot take responsibility for what the weather/acts of gods could do to items left overnight, so make sure it’s secured/laid down/tied down). And hey, stick around to lend a helping hand with course setup.
Speaking of helping hands, every race could use a few more hands, especially for course marshaling spots required of the lakefront path crossings. Volunteers get free coffee & lunch! Check the sign-up sheet.
Onto the course: We are returning to the tradition of alternating between Cricket Hill and sand first, with the hill having the honors this year. Once again we have a UCI-style pavement start and finish, with those who are heading to Nationals the following week in mind. Note the right-to-left shimmy onto a ramp transition after the first turn. We have made the angle here less severe than in the past which will allow for higher speeds, but please stay friendly on the starts; remembering that you can’t win the race there, but you can lose it. (First aid is located next to the start grid.)
A full-size pit with race and change lanes, and neutral service provided by Ben and Steven fromTailwind Cycles. Bring cash for tips if they help/save your race!
While there is a double planks alternate line, there is also a railroad tie located on the final uphill before the finish that you gotta do!
Please check your email inbox and make sure you have signed the online waiver via BikeReg to make everyone’s life easier on Sunday at sign-in.
Anyone can race but remember you must have a valid and unexpired USAC annual license as well as be an official Illinois State Resident (on your drivers license or ID card) and US Citizen to win a state championship. Here’s State Championship category breakdown:
Thanks to our local photographers Ned Bowen and Tim Radcliff we’ve added a bunch of new header photos to all the Race Pages. Check them out and make sure to thank Ned and Tim next time you see them! Hint: When on the individual race pages, hit refresh a few times to see all the photos.
Thanks again to EMC2 / Elmhurst Masters for a great day at Quarry Cross at The Forge. A new venue always brings not only new challenges but also new opportunities, and Jostein and the gang knocked it out of the park. We had our largest number of racers of the series which we don’t normally see at this point in the season. Links to all results are here.
The last five weeks flew by in a flash, so now its time to take a quick break. We wish everyone a great weekend off and hope you are able to spend time with family and friends and enjoy a great Thanksgiving!
We tried our best this year to come up with a new overall series scoring schedule that would make as many categories as possible not be decided until the last race of the year. But try as we did, many riders have already mathematically sewn up their category overall titles after Quarry Cross. Riders highlighted in yellow on the overall series standings are >=40 points ahead of second place and no matter what happens at Montrose Beach have already won their overall category. So congratulations to those riders, and for everyone else… get ready and stay sharp for Montrose.
And finally… as we head into the end of the CCC season, we’ll still have one more event to put a bow on the series and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. We’re speaking of course of the End of Season Awards Party on Saturday January 6, 2024 at Specialized Chicago’s Fulton Market location. The event is free for everyone but we ask that you please RSVP through this form so we know how many people to expect. And while you’re filling out forms, fill out the one here and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two Specialized Crux CX bikes. The proceeds go towards series operations (i.e. buying more plastic stakes to replace all the ones broken this year) that benefit everyone.
Published November 22, 2023
2023 Quarry Cross at The Forge Preview
FOR THIS RACE ONLY if you’re racing more than once you’ll wear the same bib number for all categories. However you still need to check in for ALL categories at the Reg desk. Thanks!
The first new venue in the CCC in a while, Quarry Cross at The Forge is hosted by EMC2 / Elmhurst Masters and the DuPage Cycling Foundation.
The Forge Zip Line Park will be open for normal operations. The Kids Adventure Zone adjacent to the race is $20 for an all-day pass.
Team tents are welcomed on The Lawn in front of the stage. The Forge has two large community tents permanently set up, so not bringing your team tent can be an option.
Directions: Please use 227 Heritage Quarries Drive in your GPS. Follow signs from there to the main parking lots. Please obey the 10mph speed limit on the mile plus drive in.
Parking: There is plenty of parking, please park in designated lots and do not block entry/exit roadways.
Prizes: – All podium finishers will receive park vouchers compliments of The Forge. – Age Group and Category Winners will receive THE GOLDEN CROWN OF CHAMPIONS provided by Walden Florist of Downers Grove. – Juniors that make it to the Candy Podium will receive a “Lemonsters” t-shirt compliments of Lemont Downtown. – A variety of podium prizes compliments of the DuPage Cycling Foundation.
There will be a special first lap Reaper Prime for the first racer over the Lemontstairs for each field.
The winner of the Cat 5 race will win the first ever Golden Turkey Trophy sponsored by honeyacrewoods.info.
All racers 21 and older will get a ticket for a free beer provided by Pollyanna Brewing of Lemont. The tap is in The Foundry on site, where they also sell beer, pop, wine hot coffee and hot chocolate all day.
Food: Big Ed’s Shed BBQ & Grilling of Lemont. Award winning Texas Red Chili and All Hallows Eve Pumpkin Soup (Vegetarian).
Tacomotora of Chicago. The best Mexican Tacos. “Full Stop!”.
The Course: Runs counter clockwise. Brand new venue = new for everyone course with six distinct features. – The Runway = a long gravel start – The Bedrock Pond = a long off camber challenge – The Range = a series of tunes on loose mulch – The Arena = A run-up followed by tree slalom. – The North Shore = A & B line singletrack choices ending with three wood plank banked turns. – The Hoogerheide = our version of the famous Dutch course with a hay bale run up “The Lemontstairs”
Published November 16, 2023
CCC Tuesday Updates – 20231113
Thanks to Sasquatch Squadron powered by Main Street Bicycles and the Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club.for hosting another great Wheeling Heritage Park CX. We had our largest number of racers this past weekend. The great weather probably helped. Links to all results are here.
Next up the series heads to Lemont for Quarry Cross at The Forge hosted by EMC2 / Elmhurst Masters. Looks for the course preview at the regular time on Thursday.
If you haven’t been checking the comments, Ned Bowenand Tim Radcliffhave been taking lots of great photos at all the race. Check them out and give them credit if using a photo online.
And finally… we’ve very happy to announce the CCC’s newest series sponsor Specialized Chicago! They’re not new to the series as they hosted our 2022 season Series Awards and 2023 Town Hall at the Fulton Market location, and we’ll be back for the 2023 Series Awards party. But besides being great people and wonderful hosts, Specialized Chicago is donating not one, but TWO Specialized Crux CX bicycles to the series for a raffle. See our post here on how to enter. Winners will be selected at random at the CCC Series Awards Party at the Fulton Market location on January 6, 2024.
If you’ll be attending the awards party on 1/6/2024 please let us know by filling out this form.
Published November 13, 2023
2023 Wheeling Preview
The Wheeling Park District welcomes us back for another day of cyclocross racing at Heritage Park cohosted by the Sasquatch Squadron powered by Main Street Bicycles and the Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club.
Preregistration on BikeReg closes at 11:59 pm Friday. Race day entries will be available only through BikeReg for an additional $10 upcharge. Registration closes 30 minutes before the scheduled race time.
All are invited to attend a free Health Fair in the Community Center from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Check out the presentations, class demos like spin, activities for kids’, screenings, and more. The Center also has public rest rooms with hot showers available. The park hosts activities throughout the year, so get on their e-mail list.
Please park in the North Parking lot east of the course to be closest to registration and the start. Please do not park in the lot adjacent to the Community Center to keep spaces open for folks heading indoors.
The Cart will be put before the course once again with Mario’s Cart providing midday Mexican food.
Lots of open grass and paved pathway for warming up, but as always, be mindful of pedestrians and other patrons of the park. Please refrain from riding on the playground surface and don’t set up tents in the pavilion grass due to underground electrical. No drones are allowed to take flight within the park due to the proximity of the Chicago Executive Airport. PWK for those of you booking last minute arrivals.
Weather looks great, but its cold out there. Please plan and dress accordingly.
Staging is in the northeast corner nearest the North Parking lot access road. The finish line and registration are to the south of staging. The two-way pit is just east of the aquatic center.
Bring your hops at “high” noon. Our local event is a bunny hopping contest. Sign up for free in BikeReg. The course runs anti-gravity. Go higher than everyone else and receive some high-calorie fare to make future hop contests fairer.
The course runs clockwise. Flat at the start and finish, but in between you’ll ride the camber along the pool embankment until you hit the course elevation; enjoy the views of the lake and surrounding area from the top before heading back. The finish will be extra CX. Remember to look through the corners.
Please note, we do not actively monitor the comments here on the website. Please email us directly at ChicagoCrossCup at gmail if you see wrong information or have questions. Thanks!
And finally… Set your calendars, the CCC Awards Party will be hosted on Saturday 1/6/2024 at Specialized Chicago Fulton Market. More details to follow but we’ll have swag, raffles, series winner jerseys, cowbells, food, and drinks!
Published November 7, 2023
2023 Groundhog Psi-clocross Preview
Phil : Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster : I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
Why is this race called Groundhog PSI-Clocross? Well, in 1992 the downtown square of Woodstock, IL was used to film the movie Groundhog Day. Rob Curtis and the PSIMET crew have carried some parts of the movie into the venue.
Registration closes Friday at midnight. There will be day of registration available at a higher price but only through BikeReg.
Remember that Daylight Savings ends the morning of the race so be sure you have the right time!
There is plenty of parking throughout the park. As with all previous years there is NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. This is the strictest rule the park and city have for the facility. This also means no vehicles on the grass to drop off gear early in the morning <looks at masters teams>. We say this every year and yet it still ends up being a problem at some point in the day. No cars on grass anywhere for any length of time. Police are ticketing and will patrol throughout the day
Enter from the Park’s North entrance (Kishwaukee Valley Rd) then you can drive right up to the “tent city” field and drop off gear. The Jackson Entrance will be closed this year. You can park in the lower lot by entering off of South St but will not be able to drive through to the rest of the course or park.
Speaking of Deja-Vu – Rob had a hankering to see old throwback Chicago Kits this weekend. So if you have an old school kit bring it out and help celebrate Chicago Cycling Heritage.
There is an Open Event at Noon. The course will be shortened (will stay on the East Side of the course with no road crossings for this even only). Everyone is invited to ride the course. No Fee. 20 Minute event. This is your opportunity to try a cross course or wear a great costume or throwback kit and ride with your friends. We are hoping we can get some of the family friendly circus of the CCC of old to help cheer everyone on. All can participate we just need you to sign up so we have a waiver. Sign up on the BikeReg page.
Food: Perk and Pickle Food Truck will be on site all day long serving breakfast, lunch and an early dinner if needed. Serving hours will be from 8am-5pm. The menu for race day is available on their site now – https://perknpickle.com/crosstown-classic
This park has “always” had a “no alcohol” policy. So when you bring in cups for your soda and lemonade PSIMET asks that you pack out what you bring in. It helps PSIMET make sure the park doesn’t think we’re a drinking series with a cycling problem if there aren’t a lot of juice boxes laying around.
Equipment Pits will be single width and will not use the orange fencing this year. There will NOT be any water or washing facilities at the race though, so if conditions look to be getting worse please plan your own support accordingly. The city sent notice they shut off all the outside water at the park but would turn on one spigot for race day. Maybe you can find it if you’re lucky.
Weather looks great, but chilly. Please dress and plan accordingly.
There won’t be much if any daylight left after the last race ends, so please plan accordingly. Also if you can, please help PSIMET tear down the course so they aren’t doing it all in the dark.
There is an informal Car Show that we are hosting on site like we did last year. If you bring a notable car for display (classic, antique, etc.) we will have an area for you to park at the top of the hill near the food truck. You will also receive a free food truck meal voucher from the PSIMET coordinator.
As another reminder, if you are pre-riding while anyone is finishing up, please make sure you are NOT inadvertently riding in front of people still racing. Just ride slowly behind them and offer words of encouragement or ring a cowbell. Thanks!